Warning: this is a rant. That is all.
*deep breaths* I’ve made it clear before how I feel about remakes and reboots. And when I heard that they were rebooting the Mummy films, I couldn’t help but roll my eyes. The Mummy (1999) isn’t even 20 years old and already they’re remaking it? That was bad enough, but then it got worse…
First they announced that this would be part of a Universal Monsters Cinematic Universe (i wish I was kidding about this), with Dracula Untold being the first film in that series (I could’ve sworn that film bombed at the box office, but what do I know?)
THEN they announced Tom Cruise would be the lead in this film, and after that I didn’t hear much because I got overwhelmed with dissertation work. The next thing I knew about this film was when the trailer dropped earlier this week and oh brother….
What.the.HECK.was THAT? I mean, seriously???? The 1999 film is far and away the superior film and I’ve only seen the trailer of this new one!
First of all, where’s Imhotep?? Ever since the first Mummy film came out in the 1930s, the series has revolved around the cursed priest Imhotep and his search for Anck-su-namun, his ill-fated love. The original films followed that story, the 1999 film (and the 2001 sequel) followed that story, if you’re going to do The Mummy, THAT’S the story!!! Instead, however, we have this female priestess/princess (not really sure which) who (no offense) doesn’t even LOOK Egyptian!
And what’s up with the location of this story? Part of what made the Brendan Fraser films (the first two anyways) so awesome was their Egyptian locations (and I loved the flashback shots of ancient Egypt in all its glory). However, unless there’s a sudden change of location that they’re not telling us, this new Mummy film is taking place…in London? Okay, to be fair, The Mummy Returns had one act set in that location, but it quickly returned to Egypt for the duration of the film.
I almost want to go see this film to see just how bad it really is, but it doesn’t come out until June so I have some time to think it over. In the meantime, please go watch The Mummy and The Mummy Returns with Brendan Fraser (skip Tomb of the Dragon Emperor though).
I’m calling it now: The Mummy will BOMB at the box office (I’ll eat my hat if it doesn’t)
Have you seen the trailer for The Mummy? Do you think it will be any good? Let me know!
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